It went on for a little over a year, but Municipalities of Saskatchewan isn’t, at least in name.
The organization will remain the same, but has chosen to revert to its old name, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).
A press release issued by the organization said the return to SUMA would take place within the next few weeks.
The organization decided to rebrand itself as Saskatchewan Municipalities in February 2020. At that time, the organization said it wanted to expand its membership.
For the change to happen, the provincial government reportedly asked members of SUMA to approve it with a vote.
Members of the organization, which represents towns, villages, resort villages and municipalities across northern Saskatchewan, voted on the issue earlier this week.
Of the 364 votes cast, 274 – or 75% – opposed the change.
“As a membership-driven association, our members will always have the final say on important decisions,” said Naicam Mayor Rodger Hayward, President of Municipalities of Saskatchewan.
The proposed name change seemed to strike a chord with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), which represents the province’s rural communities, as in June 2020, SARM voted against the merger with what is now, again. once, SUMA.